Development: Building Your Cool Tech
We’ll build your mobile or digital designs, pixel perfect, on a wide array of platforms using the latest technology:
- iPad apps
- HTML5 apps
- SCORM, Tin Can (xAPI), & LMS integration
- Articulate Studio
- Adobe Captivate
- Windows Phone
- Microsoft Surface
- Phonegap (multiplatform)
- Responsive Web
Contact us and let’s talk building your cool tech.
Consulting: Jumping the Learning Curve
New to mobile development or mobile learning? Not sure what the best strategy is for mobile and new digital options? Our consulting services can help you figure it out quickly and understand the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, and which approach will wow your clients. We can help guide you through strategy, design, and development.
Contact us and let’s talk about your mobile and new digital options.
Porting: Multiply Market Penetration
If your client’s app isn’t on both iOS and Android, there’s a significant market segment they won’t reach: an entire world of consumers they’re not influencing or keeping happy. If their app isn’t on the Blackberry, they’re excluding some fiercely loyal users. And if you have no plans to bring their app to Windows Phone, they may miss out on the next wave of mobile momentum.
It might not always make sense for an app to be on every mobile platform, yet it is almost always a smart decision for an app to be on more than one. Porting makes that possible, and for a fraction of the cost of producing an original app. Since most strategic and creative work can be recycled for the new app, a modest additional development investment can multiply your market penetration.
Code Crew ports apps between iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows.
Contact us and let’s talk about what’s involved in porting your apps.
Processes You Can Rely On
We have streamlined processes and use a paperless, fully digital workflow alongside modern software engineering processes (Agile Scrum) and tools (online Application Lifecycle Management software) to ensure solid code and reliable delivery. We have our preferred processes and tools; however, when it makes sense we can also use yours.
We prefer a transparent development process, so we keep you informed of how the work is progressing and get regular feedback to ensure we are building what you want.
Here is how a typical project unfolds in a nutshell:
You work directly with a production analyst usually located in or near your city. The analyst will create a detailed statement of work or specification based on your requirements and mockups.
The production analyst manages development with technical staff located in the Philippines. Time zone differences are leveraged to accelerate development. For example, you could meet with your analyst in the afternoon who hands over changes to the offshore team and you’ll be able to review them online in the morning.
Deliverables can be reviewed and commented on online or in face-to-face meetings with your analyst during regular business hours. The combination of local production expertise with an offshore development team is intended to create an efficient, flexible, and comfortable production process at a price point significantly lower than local providers can offer.
Our quality assurance professionals test the deliverables as they are produced, with more rigorous testing toward the end of the project.
You perform a user acceptance test when the project is complete. If the product requires changes, we make the changes.
Code Crew uses efficient, flexible, and open development processes to consistently bring in projects on budget and on schedule.
Contact us and let’s talk about how to use our development processes for your benefit.
Why a Manila-Based Development Center?
To understand why we chose to locate our development center in the Philippines, consider the questions below:
While working with a development partner located in the same city as your agency is convenient and comfortable, with typical bill rates ranging between 100 and 150 USD per hour, it’s also costly.
Consider that choosing an onshore partner:
• increases the cost to client (making it more difficult to win work),
• reduces your profit margins (introducing project risk), and
• constrains innovation (higher costs mean fewer development resources to implement creative ideas).
Bottom line when keeping all of your development onshore: you can do less with your budget, and your existing team has less freedom to innovate and direct.
Adding in-house development staff involves less direct cost than a local development partner, but recruiting talent with the right blend of technical skills can be difficult; and balancing resource availability against project demand is an ongoing challenge. Often this results in carrying the cost of internal staff without project revenue to justify it, which can quickly increase the actual cost of internal staff beyond that of a local partner.
One solution is to use an offshore vendor in a lower cost location like India, China, Eastern Europe, or Latin America. While bill rates are a fraction of onshore partners (30-50 USD/hour), poor English and significant cultural differences associated with vendors in these regions can make them a struggle to work with, especially for creative industries. And the misunderstanding of requirements can escalate costs and put project schedules at risk.
While the Philippines are not often the first location that springs to mind when considering an offshore development partner, it has several advantages that make it worth considering:
- English Fluency. English is an official language in the Philippines and is clearly spoken by a large proportion of the population. The Philippines has leveraged its English fluency to create what is now the world’s largest contact center industry, with annual revenues in the billions (USD).
- Cultural Affinity. The Philippines was an American colony until 1946 and has retained an interest in and comfort with Western culture. For example, shopping malls—a social hub for Philippine society—are filled with Western chains like Starbucks, Marks & Spencer, and The Gap.
- Resource Availability. With a population of over 95 million people, a steady stream of college grads, and over 35,000 IT professionals, the Philippines has both the raw talent and advanced technical skill to execute any digital development project now and in the future. This robust supply of talent reduces staff churn and means the developers who started a project are very likely the ones that will finish it.
For a complete evaluation, download Info-Tech Research Group’s report “The Philippines for Outsourced IT Services.”
By using Western managers and management methods, leveraging time zones to accelerate development, and recruiting the best technical talent the Philippines has to offer, Code Crew delivers premium development resources at a competitive price.
Contact us and let’s talk about how to use our resources for your benefit.
Code Crew uses three different pricing models:
The project model involves paying a fixed price for a pre-defined deliverable. Deliverables must be defined in advance and changes in scope will change project cost. Good for fixed projects with specific requirements.
The time and materials model involves paying an hourly rate for work completed. Useful when the exact requirements cannot be clearly defined at the start of the project, although broad requirements and a ballpark estimate are usually created. Good for maintenance work and short projects.
The retainer model involves buying a fixed number of hours per month for a fixed cost. It guaranties resource availability and does not require that deliverables are defined in advance. Good when you have regular or recurring work, especially if the requirements cannot be clearly defined in advance.
Code Crew will work with you using one of the models above to deliver the services you need at a price you like.
Contact us and let’s talk about your project ideas, what they will cost, and which pricing model makes the most sense for you.
The Code Crew concept was designed and brought to life by Howard Kiewe, seasoned technology veteran and current President. While doing field research as an outsourcing analyst, he was surprised to discover the depth of untapped technical talent available in the Philippines. Marketing agencies and eLearning vendors in need of digital and mobile development services seemed to be a good match for these resources, so after extensive consultation with industry leaders, he formed Code Crew.
The ambition was simple: to help marketing agencies and eLearning vendors create powerful customer experiences by providing development skills that are accessible, affordable, and of the highest caliber. In other words, Code Crew wants the opportunity to build your digital vision.
The Code Crew is big and has a deep bench. Between directly managed resources and our certified development partners in Manila, we have over 300 talented technical crew members with skills across the coding spectrum.
Taking inspiration from Silicon Valley, we embrace a collaborative work style that encourages creative input from each crew member and rewards them with a relaxed working environment and opportunities to succeed.
Through our local partners in key centers, we work with you to define your requirements, ensure your designs are technically sound, and keep you in the loop as our technical crew brings your designs to life.
President & General Go-to-Guy
Howard actively manages Code Crew with a hands-on style that means clients always have access to The Big Boss. With more than 14 years in the tech sector, Howard has developed a passion for the interaction of people and technology that helps Code Crew deliver not only solid code, but digital products that assist, educate, and persuade.
In his previous role as senior research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group, Howard led the application/web development and outsourcing research team and acted as a trusted advisor to large tech companies (e.g. Adobe, Microsoft, IBM) and big brands (e.g. FedEx, HBO, Johnson & Johnson). As a Communications Consultant for Kiewe Consulting he designed and developed everything from UIs for Ericsson’s mobile devices to eLearning programs for physicians, pharmaceutical firms, and medical device manufacturers.
Howard was born in Montreal and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Information Technology from Skidmore College, NY and a physical therapy diploma from the Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine, NM. He has lived and worked in Canada, the US, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, and most recently the Philippines. Howard travels regularly to North America, Europe, and Asia to stay in touch with clients and market trends.
Communications Director & Twitter Hound
Anton keeps Code Crew and its clients informed about the rapidly changing landscape of mobile and digital marketing and technology. Anton can tell you, without looking it up, if augmented reality technology in Latin America is trending up or down.
Anton has worked as researcher, journalist, and editor in the computer industry since 1995, including positions with IT Asia (journalist), Advanced Database Technology (technical writer), asiamaterials.com (content producer and editor), and XMG Consulting (researcher).
Anton was born in Manila, has a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong, the US, Spain, and now the Philippines.
Projects Director & Get it Done Girl
Patricia brings to Code Crew communication and organizational skills that drive our projects forward, smoothly and efficiently. With 15 years in software implementation projects worldwide, Patricia has worked in varied industries including medical, fashion, and travel. As an experienced technical trainer, instructional designer, and project manager, Patricia combines client-centered communication skills with a ruthless efficiency that gets the job done on time and on budget.
Patricia was born in Quebec City and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Concordia University and another in education from the University of Saskatchewan. She has lived and worked in Canada, the US, UK, France, Morocco, China, Australia, and now the Philippines.
Brands & Business Consult (Outside Director), All-round Wise Guy
Matthew provides Code Crew with insight into advertising, branding, and business ventures, as a brands and business strategy specialist with over 15 years creating new ventures, brands, and projects for corporates and startups.
Matthew’s agency experience includes Director, Media & Entertainment; at Grey Global’s London Interactive agency, Strategy Director of the UK brand consulting firm Five Degrees West, and as part of the team at digital media pioneers, the Zone Group in London’s creative hub, Hoxton.
Matthew’s venture experience began with a launch and commercialization venture for the BBC in the UK, which was subsequently sold to a top-tier technology firm. He has been responsible for the business modeling, strategic partnerships, talent recruitment, and interim management of over 30 ventures, and has overseen multi-million dollar venture financing.
Matthew was born in London, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of London, studied Media Communications before that, and now lives in Makati City, Philippines. He spends several months every year in North America, Asia, and Europe, seeking out talent, innovation, and venture opportunities.
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